From School Library Journal
Grade 1–3—This beginning reader features a suburban monkey family of four. Two brothers, Max and Pete, want a dog. Although their parents caution them that "a dog is a lot of work," the kids insist they are good workers. After researching the subject, the family makes a trip to the animal shelter, where they settle on Fudge. Both boys take on their new responsibility with enthusiasm until Pete becomes distracted by his friends. Soon, Fudge considers Max, who feeds, brushes, walks, and plays with her, her sole master. The older boy is chagrined and starts to perform his share of the chores again. The story, divided into four chapters, includes a sprinkling of fun facts about dogs and emphasizes important lessons about responsibility, loyalty, and cooperation. Muted pastel illustrations show the brothers and their new pet. Although the easy-to-read story and art are pleasant, Lori Ries's Aggie and Ben
(Charlesbridge, 2006) has more expressive illustrations and humor.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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“The endearing characters and appealing plot will encourage [readers] to return to the monkey brothers again and again.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The story, divided into four chapters, includes a sprinkling of fun facts about dogs and emphasizes important lessons about responsibility, loyalty, and cooperation.” —School Library Journal
“The storyline will not only keep a reader interested, but it will teach him or her a little something about responsibility.” —Bookloons.com